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Popular culture in American history
Cullen, Jim, 1962-
Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Chapbooks : reconstructing the popular reading of early America / Victor Neuberg -- Excerpts from narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) -- William Shakespeare in America / Lawrence Levine -- Excerpts from Representative men by Ralph Waldo Emerson -- The Blackface lore cycle / W.T. Lhamon, Jr. -- Excerpts from nineteenth-century minstrel shows -- The figure of the dime novel in American culture / Michael Denning -- Excerpt from Last of the great scouts by Helen Cody Wetmore (1899) -- Dance madness / Kathy Peiss -- Excerpt from Elisabeth Marbury's Introduction to Modern dancing by Vernon and Irene Castle (1914) -- American motion pictures and the new popular culture, 1893-1918 / Daniel J. Czitrom -- Excerpts from The spirit of youth by Jane Addams (1909) -- Arguments over broadcast advertising / Susan Smulyan -- Excerpt from "Sponsoritis (1930) -- Fool's paradise : Frank Sinatra and the American dream / Jim Cullen -- "Why the Americans are so restless in the midst of their prosperity" : excerpt from vol. II of Democracy in America by Alex de Tocqueville (1840) -- The making of the sitcom, 1961 / David Marc -- Excerpts from After all by Mary Tyler Moore (1995) -- Voices from the margins : rap music and contemporary Black cultural production / Tricia Rose -- Excerpts from Ladies first by Queen Latifah (1999).
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Popular Culture in American History collects the most widely cited and important writings on three hundred years of American popular culture. Each of the ten essays serves as a case study of a particular moment, issue, or form of popular culture, from seventeenth-century chapbooks to hip hop. Pedagogical features include further reading lists, contextualizing editorial introductions, discussion questions and chronologies of key events.

Author Notes

Jim Cullen teaches in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University. He is the author of The Civil War in Popular Culture: A Reusable Past (1995), The Art of Democracy: A Concise History of Popular Culture in the United States (1996), and Born in the USA: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition (1997).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface: About This Book
Introduction: The Worldwide Web of Popular Culture
1 In the Beginning. .Timeline
Chapbooks: Reconstructing the Reading of Early AmericaVictor Neuberg
Consider the Source: Chapbooks
Extract from Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, 1682
Suggested Further Reading
2 The World of the Stage. .Timeline
William Shakespeare in AmericaLawrence Levine
Consider the Source: Shakespeare and Early American Theater
Excerpt from Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850)
Suggested Further Reading
3 The Racy Appeal of the Minstrel. .Timeline
The Blackface Lore CycleW. T. Lhamon, Jr.
Consider the Source: Minstrel Shows
Excerpts from Nineteenth-Century Minstrel Shows
Suggested Further Reading
4 Literature for the Million. .Timeline
The Figure of the Dime Novel in American CultureMichael Denning
Consider the Source: Dime Novel Fiction
Excerpt from Last of the Great Scouts by Helen Cody Wetmore (1899)
Advertisement for A Knight of Labor by Frederick Whittaker
Suggested Further Reading
5 The Romance of the Dance Hall. .Timeline
Dance MadnessKathy Peiss
Consider the Source: Dance Hall Culture
Excerpt from Elisabeth Marbury's Introduction to Modern Dancing by Vernon and Irene Castle (1914)
Suggested Further Reading
6 Moving Images
American Motion Pictures and the New Popular Culture, 1893-1918Daniel J. Czitrom
Consider the Source: Early Motion Pictures
Excerpt from The Spirit of Youth by Jane Addams (1909)
Suggested Further Reading
7 Waves of Selling. .Timeline
Arguments over Broadcast AdvertisingSusan Smulyan
Consider the Source: Radio Advertising
Excerpt from "Sponsoritis".Suggested Further Reading
8 The Firmament of Stardom
Fool's Paradise: Frank Sinatra and the American DreamJim Cullen
Consider the Source: Frank Sinatra and the American Dream
"Why the Americans are so Restless in the Midst of their Prosperity," excerpt from Vol
II of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1840)
Suggested Further Reading
9 The Age of Television. .Timeline
The Making of the Sitcom, 1961David Marc
Consider the Source: Sitcoms
Excerpt from After All by Mary Tyler Moore (1995)
Suggested Further Reading
10 Hip Hop Nation
Voices from the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural ProductionTricia Rose
Consider the Source: Hip Hop
Excerpt from Ladies First by Queen Latifah (1999)
Suggested Further Reading